Christie aide sent emails signaling lane closure
Emails from a top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie indicate that his office, despite the governor's denials, was closely involved in the controversial -- and unannounced -- closing of traffic lanes in September over the George Washington Bridge, a New Jersey newspaper reported Wednesday.
New Jersey lawmakers are looking into allegations that the shutdown, which caused a massive gridlock in the town of Fort Lee, may have been retribution for the refusal by the town's Democratic mayor to back Christie in his re-election last year.
Email exchanges — conducted through personal email accounts between David Wildstein, a longtime Christie friend and his appointee to the Port Authority, which oversees the bridge, and Bridget Anne Kelly, one of Christie's deputy chiefs of staff — shows a vindictive motive behind the lane closures.
The report was carried byThe (Bergen) Record.
Christie, a Republican, has insisted that the four-day shutdown was part of a traffic study and that neither his staff nor campaign had anything to do with closing the access lanes to the bridge at Fort Lee.